PODCAST: Trevor Birney interviews former PPR Director, Dessie Donnelly (5)

In a series of five podcasts, award-winning producer/director Trevor Birney speaks to former PPR Director, Dessie Donnelly. Episode Five: The Future Dessie Donnelly  |  Sun Nov 21 2021
Inez McCormack addressing an event in Derry
"be relevant or be redundant"

In the summer of 2021, as PPR appointed our new Director, Chloë Trew, we worked with the award-winning producer/director, Trevor Birney to capture the learning of the previous two decades.

Throughout this fascinating series of podcasts, Trevor interviews our former Director, Dessie Donnelly to explore the origins of PPR, the seminal influence of Inez McCormack, how we engage with power, deal with adversity and deliver change.

Reflecting on our journey, while responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, the podcasts are a behind the scenes look at the wins, the losses and the lessons for the future.

In the fifth and final episode, 'The Future', Dessie and Trevor discuss what lies ahead for PPR and how our organising model is adapting to constitutional change and Covid-19 with digital activism and mutual aid organising. The series closes with Dessie's reflections on Inez McCormack's mission for PPR.

Dessie Donnelly is former Director, and one of the original staff members, of Belfast based Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) organisation. Prior to working with PPR, Dessie was an organiser in the USA and Irish labour movements. Dessie is also a software developer and certified Linux administrator with an interest in leveraging the power of free and open source software in support of social movements and mutual aid networks.